"Habana - La ciudad de las columnas" Top 5 Page for this destination Havana by Luchonda

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Historical keypoint in the 19th century

The famous Malecon and the Morro Fortress behind. Just an orgasm (for yr camera) to walk over - seeing people travelling by and knowing that this city has such a historical background reflecting the cold war between east and west !
A cold shower was maybe good for the leaders like Kennedy and Chroesjtov ! I'm going back definately at the end of this year and will say instead of : "Ich bin ein Berliner" - I'm a citizen of Habana
To quote H¨Portocarero : Habana is the most sensual ruin in this world.

Ibrahim Ferrer

Picture from the album : "Hecho on Cuba"
In the 50/60ths many jazz orchestras
developed - giving new impulses and spurring innovation.I think this musician is the most famous : next to Compay Segundo - Gonyales and so many others i certainly will discover during my second visit in this beautiful country !
Ray Cooder brought this legend musician back to live with his film of
"Buena Vista Social Club ! i could admire also the maybe last live performance - thanks to my friend Ingrid - and this in Brussels a few years ago !
Cuban music and dances are popular in Belgium.
Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineira - Patrimonia de la cultura Cubana
The oldest Cuban and legendary "SON" group, started in 1927, mainly in the Harbor area of Habana and nominated for the Grammy award 2004 ( in the meantime the 3rd generation already)
They made a tour accross Europe - Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany and Norway. ' April/May 2006 and i was lucky to see them in Ghent - enjoyed definately the super show and had great Cuba memories.
Recent discography :
-Poetas del son - 2002
-Habana Mood - 2000
-The Cuba son - 1999
-Son- soneando - 1999
-Mas Cuba Libres - 1998
Highlighted son(gs) - "Coco mai mai" and "Nos jueges con los Santos"

Ruben Gonyales

Also a picture from the album
"Hecho on Cuba"
Gonyales is a living legend - one of the greatest folk music pianists - born in 1919. Whenever this album is in your private collection - you will turn it grey - just relaxing and reflecting in a mirror of Cuban music.
A tip : buy his album "introducing RG" - a Buena Vista Collecting CD and enjoy the different styles of music like :
The Cha Cha Cha : La Enganadora
The Guaracha : Cumbanchero
Danzon : Tres Linda Cubanas
Bolero : Melodia del Rio
Cancion : Siboney
Gosh this country is so rich not only in music - but also in historical importance - buildings and poetry !

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Malecon and the old town -best place in Havana
  • Cons:But there are more nice places
  • In a nutshell:A Capital to visit
  • Last visit to Havana: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 13, 2006
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  • eriksson977's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2010 at 5:03 AM

    Havana is surprisingly beautiful as illustrated from your marvellous images. Tomas Eriksson :)

  • kat-m's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    seriously thinking about going to cuba. I think I will be visiting your fascinating pages quite often. greetings from scotland

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    A mammoth page - an excellent record of yr trip - think i should get there myself before too long!

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    Hello Luc. Fantastic photos and very nice tips & insights here... well-deserving of a Top 5 rating :-) Thank you very much for sharing your experiences. Greetings from the desert / Jess

  • Acirfa's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2006 at 11:17 AM

    A stack of great info and tips here, a place I have yet to visit. Have learnt a lot from you thank you.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2006 at 2:15 PM

    Happy birthday! Interesting page here. Great that you rented bicycles in Havana and cycled all around. Glad to see John Lennon has got new glasses again.

  • tremendopunto's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2006 at 7:19 AM

    A very helpful page with plenty of tips - have to get there someday!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2006 at 9:33 PM

    Great page! Amazingly, it makes me think of Annaba, Algeria : a lot of beautiful old houses, a few renovated and splendid, many needing repair!

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2006 at 1:57 PM

    Just love your photos, u have a good eye! Blimey a China town in Havanna, sounds like there isn't a major city on this planet you can't find a Chinatown or Chinese shop....Back soon.Tim

  • Martinewezel's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2006 at 1:40 AM

    I'd better hurry if I want to see Cuba as it still is now... I absolutely love the music of the Buena Vista Social Club. Too bad Ibrahim Ferrer and others of the band passed away.

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